On our last morning we got up to go to Anegondi but when got to the river (about 9:00am) the coracles hadn’t started running yet. Disappointed but we ended up going for an excellent walk from the Vittala Temple to the Virupaksa Temple.
It is an easy 45 minute walk through temple ruins and boulders and then along the river.
From the river the path leads up to Hampi Bazaar near the Nandi Statue. So we had an excellent breakfast of banana, chocolate, coconut pancakes in the town and then back to our hotel to ready ourselves (mentally) for the drive home.
We went a different route home, near the town of Bellary, and the road was more of a country road but very little traffic. So it was an uneventful drive and took about 7 hrs to get home. Lesson learned (from the 11hr drive to Hampi) – don’t travel at night and we probably won’t be driving anywhere further than Mysore (3 hrs).
All in all Hampi was a really good trip, lots of ruins, lots of boulders to climb and a nice laid back feel to the town of Hampi Bazaar. A couple notable and casual restaurants:
- Mango Tree has terraced seating overlooking the river – good thali’s.
- New Shanti